SAN FRANCISCO PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF PROFILES

HEALTHWELL PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP consists of talented practitioners fully immersed in evidence-based medicine as well as classical and contemporary movement arts. Trained at top universities, HEALTHWELL’s staff describe themselves as life learners, and have remained at the front edge of orthopedics, sports medicine, and movement analysis. The clinic operates under extraordinarily high standards of care, and is committed to forward thinking and optimal health. Every patient at Healthwell is our most important patient.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Mindy, Owner, Physical Therapist

Mindy Marantz, PT, MS, GCFP, Director,
OWNER Of Healthwell PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP

Mindy received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University; her undergraduate degree is from University of California at Santa Cruz. She was Chief of Rehab at the former French Hospital and sat of the Boards of Directors of both the National Pain Foundation and the French American Foundation for Research and Education.

After writing cine MRI research for a biotech firm in the early ’90s, she gathered like minded colleagues to open Healthwell Physical Therapy Group in 1995. Her goal was to bring the health benefits she experienced at her favorite retreat in Mexico, Rancho La Puerta, to an integrated medical setting in San Francisco. Clinically, Mindy completed four years of neuromuscular a training in the Feldenkrais method. She has studied Pilates and cranial sacral therapy (CST) and she is skilled in a myriad of sophisticated manual tools including osteopathic manual techniques, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, well as somatic training in Bones for Life. She is an advanced practitioner through the Barral Institute and provides "Organ Specific Manual Manipulation"-visceral manipulation, for postoperative scar tissue, post infection scar tissue, and various musculoskeletal problems that appear unrelated to organs but in fact, are connected, answering why mechanical treatments alone sometimes do not fully solve the problem. She can quickly determine if a problem is the "container" (musculoskeletal) or its "contents" (visceral). Mindy’s special interest is in hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers Danlos for which she has synthesized her broad reaching skills. Mindy is committed to sharing her wisdom, intuition, and scientific understanding of how the body organizes itself for optimal well being and long-term health. When not at work, Mindy is an avid gardener, plays golf and piano, and shares in growing and making wine in her family’s hobby vineyard!

 

Greg, San Francisco Massage Therapist

GREG MINNIS, DPT
Physical Therapist

Greg Minnis, DPT, graduated from the University of St. Augustine earning his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy with a focus in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Previously, Greg studied at the University of Delaware earning a BS. Greg's work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, neurological rehab and advanced assessment/treatment of running injuries. Greg has also completed the coursework for his manual therapy certification, covering advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine and extremities. As a former Division I soccer player and competitive athlete, Greg enjoys working with injured athletes of all ages and abilities. In his spare time Greg loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing and surfing.


Lucia, Physical Therapist

Lucia Miller, MPT, CPI
physical therapist, Certified Pilates Instructor

Lucia Miller received her an MPT at Temple University in Philadelphia and her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in Biological Sciences and Dance. She worked in Moss Rehab in brain injury, and with Pennsylvania Ballet as their physical therapist. Lucia moved to the Bay Area in 1994 and worked as a physical therapist and at rehabilitation clinics and was Pilates certified. In 2008, she began specializing in Pelvic PT for women’s and men’s pelvic floor rehabilitation and is passionate about what Pelvic PT has to offer pregnant and post-partum women, those living with pelvic pain, incontinence, prolapse, transgender health and sexual dysfunction. Lucia strives towards integrating pelvic, orthopedic, dance and Pilates-based rehabilitation. Lucia is also a Certified Pilates Instructor. Outside of work, Lucia may be found following her passions for Cuban salsa dancing, speaking Español, traveling and exploring the world, and gardening.


Renee, Physical Therapist

renee cleek, DPT
Physical Therapist

Renee received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Wayne State University in 2010, where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.  Throughout her career and training, she has enjoyed practicing in a variety of physical therapy settings including neurological, orthopedic, and sub-acute.  Through working with a variety of patient populations, she has grown a strong appreciation and passion for techniques to accelerate the healing of the body. The main focus of her career has utilized a manual therapy approach combined with a personalized exercise program to address a variety of orthopedic problems.  She has received additional training in many areas including instrument assisted manual therapy (Graston technique), myofascial decompression (cup therapy), running analysis, and rehabilitative pilates. She continues to seek out the most current research and continuing education courses to enhance her manual techniques and overall knowledge in order to allow her to meet the specific needs of each client to achieve optimal results. In her free time, she enjoys travel, hiking, spin, volunteering at San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and exploring the Bay Area.  

 

San Francisco Physical Therapist

Greet Keustermans, PT
Physical Therapist

As both an international PT and the newest addition to the team, Greet brings a refreshing perspective to Healthwell. She received the majority of her formal training and post-graduate education in Belgium, where she garnered experience in both orthopedic outpatient and inpatient neurological rehabilitation settings. Greet offers a vast skillset adaptable to an array of conditions with numerous certifications in manual lymphatic drainage, pelvic floor dysfunctions, and Kinesiotaping, to name a few. She has a proven track record treating Paralympic alpine skiing, as well as instructing patients on sleeping and sitting ergonomics and swimming mechanics. Resultantly, Greet helps patients both return to the activities they love, as well as empower them to excel beyond their prior level of function. Greet enjoys outdoor sports including duathlons, road biking, mountain biking, and ski/snowboarding, yoga, scouting, sewing, travel, interior design.


Emily, San Francisco Physical Therapist

EMILY NOONAN, DPT, CFMT
Physical Therapist

Emily Noonan, DPT, CFMT, graduated from the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy in 2011. She received her undergraduate degree in business from The University of Notre Dame and worked in management for several years before becoming a physical therapist. She has spent her time since graduation working in a myriad of settings inpatient neurorehabilitation, acute inpatient, outpatient sports and orthopedics, and pediatrics. She completed a 3 month residency in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation at Kaiser Vallejo and an over one year long residency through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) in Functional Manual Therapy. In August, 2014, Emily passed her testing with the IPA to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist. She has since then become mother to boy/girl twins and out of both personal and professional interest is focusing her continuing education on pelvic floor rehabilitation and women’s health. In her free time she enjoys playing with her twins and husband, downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, water sports, triathlons, hiking, and enjoying nature.

 

Catherine, San Francisco Physical Therapist

catherine chen, DPT
Physical Therapist

Catherine earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016 from the University of San Francisco California/San Francisco State University and holds a B.A. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Medicine from Rice University. She is certified in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) from the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, CA. As a therapist, Catherine’s interests span the spectrum from acute neurological rehabilitation to high level orthopedic injuries, all with the goal to improve efficient movement patterns. She currently is an avid ultimate frisbee player and competes nationally throughout the year. Outside of her career, Catherine enjoys an active lifestyle by spending time outdoors, playing frisbee, biking, running, and hiking. Her hobbies also include reading, playing piano, and trying new brunch places in the Bay Area.

 

Pilates Instructor

Debbie, San Francisco Pilates

Debbie Isaacson, PTA, cpi
Physical Therapy Assistant, Certified Pilates Instructor

Debbie holds an Associate in Science from the Ohlone College PTA program, Fremont, CA and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Mills College, Oakland CA. She has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2004 and a Certified Pilates Instructor since 2000. She was Dance Medicine Specialist at Saint Francis Hospital--one of the first clinics to incorporate Pilates with traditional physical therapy--and directed the Pilates Programs at Physical Therapy Innovation in El Cerrito and Bay Area Physical Therapy in Lafayette. She has completed many continuing education courses in manual therapy techniques with a special emphasis on Myofascial Release. Before her career in physical therapy, Debbie was a popular Bay Area ballet teacher, a principal dancer in the Oakland Ballet Company, and a member of Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in Montreal. Her outside interests are Pilates and gym workouts, hiking, reading, the occasional ballet class, and learning of all sorts.

Massage Therapist

Linda, San Francisco Massage Therapist

LINDA SOUDERS, CMT, RYT

Linda is a State of California Certified Massage Therapist, with additional credentials as a registered yoga teacher, RYT. She uses a wide variety of Eastern and Western modalities — both, relaxation and therapeutic, including Swedish, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, and Energy massage — learned in the extensive 900-hour core program at the National Holisitc Institute in San Francisco, California. Linda combines the arts of many styles for optimal benefit on each individual client and their own specific needs. She believes that the healing power of sacred touch is invaluable to our fast- paced society. Her style of bodywork offers nurturing touch, authentic presence and intention to engage the whole person into deeper levels of relaxation. She targets the soft tissues of the body to expand contraction, thereby relieving accumulated stress from misalignment, repetitive muscular contraction and past lingering injuries. Linda encourages clients to be active participants in their healing process through breath and vision. And as a practitioner helps bring balance and harmony to mind, body and spirit.

FELDENKRAIS INSTRUCTOR

 

Feldenkrais Instructor

Justine madara, GCFP

Justine discovered the Feldenkrais Method® while healing from her own chronic pain and dysfunction following the birth of her daughter in 2007. After several years of regular Functional Integration lessons with a San Francisco practitioner, during which she experienced a complete relief of her pain and improved movement, she joined ISSE’s San Francisco Teacher Training program. Before transitioning to the wellness sector, Justine received her BA in Art History from UC Berkeley and worked as an Art Producer for several prominent advertising agencies. She enjoys the visual arts and strives to be creative in all of her endeavors, including her family, her Pilates and ballet classes, and her quest for the perfect cheesecake recipe!


Niles, Feldenkrais

Olga V Kravets, MS, PA-C, CH, GCFP

Olga Kravets became interested in Feldenkrais Method® while working as a Neurosurgery Physician Assistant and exploring additional approaches to help people with chronic pain and recovery after surgery. After completing 4 years of physician education at Chelyabinsk State Medical Academy (Russia), she then received her Bachelor and Master in Sciences from SUNY at Stony Brook as a Physician Assistant. Olga then went on to graduate from the Institute for the Study of Somatic Education in San Francisco and became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in 2017. Olga is also a Consulting Hypnotist and Neurolinguistic Programming Master Coach Practitioner, and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Olga’s approach is based on helping people to learn to access their inner resourcefulness. She loves spending time with her family and appreciating the beauty and harmony in everything around her at every moment.


Healthwell: San Francisco Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists
1200 Gough Street, SF 415.921.1211